SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front on Friday approached United Nations Organisation with an appeal against the ‘anti-Kashmir’ policies adopted by the government of India.
The JKLF members staged a token protest sit-in outside the office of UNMOGIP at Islamabad, Pakistan, the party said in a statement issued here.
They also submitted a memorandum to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, stating that “For the last more than six decades, people of the entire state of Jammu Kashmir (JK) are struggling for the ‘Right of Independence/ Right of Self-determination’ but India has been denying this birth right to us with the use of her military power to which hundreds and thousands of citizens of JK have fallen prey to.”
“…in order to bring demographic changes in the entire state of JK, they have introduced new anti-Kashmir policies like construction of separate settlements for Indian ex-army men, for internally-displaced Kashmiri Pandits, and for homeless non-residents in Kashmir. They have unlawfully announced to settle non-local industrialists by allotting them land in Kashmir and to provide citizenship rights to non-residents of JK,” the memorandum read.
The party stated that the “freedom-loving residents of JK” have once again stood up against New Delhi with the demand to desist from “such anti- Kashmir nefarious designs”.
“Leading this peaceful movement, Indian authorities have unlawfully arrested chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik and detained chairmen of the two factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along with other senior leaders Shabir Ahmed Shah and Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi at their respective residences in IHK,” the memorandum mentioned.
Terming the arrests and detentions as “undemocratic, inhuman and uncalled for”, the protesters condemned the policies adopted by New Delhi.
“At the same time, (we) demand their early and safe release. We appeal your good-self to influence and impress upon India to shun the path of unlawfully changing the demography of JK,” JKLF stated in the memorandum.